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A Vintage-styled elopement at San Francisco’s City Hall, p.1

Last April, we welcomed Lisa Marie, of the charming Orange & Blossom shop, to CB to share a bit of her wedding planning with us. At the time, LM was deep in the throes of designing the wedding of her dreams, a vintage-styled elopement in San Francisco. Lucky for us, that beautiful wedding has now taken place and I’m so excited to share with you a two-part series documenting LM’s gorgeous day. Enjoy the photos and scroll down for some insight from the lovely bride as well as links to her previous planning posts on CB.

Tune in for part two tomorrow!

We’ll be sharing more delicious photos, including some at the famous Vertigo Hotel, some after-wedding shots, more insight from the bride and an incredibly composed vintage-style film of their beautiful day.

And if you missed LM’s previous planning posts on CB, you can catch up right here:

Let’s turn it over to LM for now and hear a bit about her fabulous day …

What were some of your favorite personal touches?
Since it was just we two – no cake, flowers, or decorations with which to get creative and add meaning—we added personal touches where we could. We chose two outfits for the day: one more formal and traditional for the wedding ceremony, one more spirited and for our “man and wife about town” afternoon. It was pure luck that I found a vintage 1940 sweetheart locket already engraved with “LM” on front. I also wore my grandmother’s 25th wedding anniversary ring. We brought a celebratory cigar & clove with us to light up for the photos. We chose the 8/9/10 date because it felt sort of whimsical and fun to say, since we’ll be saying it forever. Our photographer came back to the hotel with us while we changed so we could take a few photos in the lobby. We stayed at the very cool Hotel Vertigo; now a refurbished old hotel, its unmistakable dizzying staircase was featured in the movie. In the few days we were in the city, we rented a Vespa for a day, went to the Conservatory of Flowers, Chinatown, and a great deep dish pizza place called Little Star with my brother and his girlfriend the night after the wedding. After SF, we spent a couple days driving down the coast on a mini honeymoon. Scenic but phew, quite a drive. We picked up many coffees-to-go along the way! 

Tell us about your wedding style …
I have always been a fan of vintage clothing and accessories and have a great deal of it incorporated into my wardrobe. It would have felt unlike me not to have a vintage slant for the two wedding outfits!

For the ceremony:
Classic 1950s Evening Glamour | Old Hollywood Starlet | Unabashed Romance | Formal Drama

For the around town “marriage day” ensemble:
A 1960s Jackie O.-inspired, carefree afternoon around town then off to dinner and cocktails

I also feel the location, San Francisco City Hall, was as much a part of our style as anything. We had been looking for a venue that felt grand and historic, significant and weighty. It fit the bill easily with its four floors of breathtaking Beaux Arts architecture. It happened to be very affordable as well!

Credits: Photographer: Lilia Photo / Video: Upright Primate Productions / Hair & Makeup: Bara Krejcikova / Bride’s attire: Vintage pieces including 1950s Priscilla of Boston gown / Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall Rotunda / Photo locales: Hotel Vertigo lobby / Golden Gate Bridge / Palace of Fine Arts / Groom’s attire: Alfani suit; Calvin Klein blue shirt; Johnston & Murphy velvet burnout jacket


  1. I’m crazy for her dress and I love that she really went for it!!

  2. Gorgeous photos! I LOVE the bride’s dress — she looks like a princess. And the groom looks handsome in his suit and necktie, too!

  3. Thank you, Sarah! We feel so lucky to appear on your incredibly beautiful blog. It was an incredible day & is such a blessing to relive it again in your post…

  4. Lisa Marie: You are so welcome! Congrats again! :o)

  5. The bride looks like an angel in this beautiful dress. The white puffy dress is elegant, and the whole ambiance looks mesmerizing.

  6. So lovely. I am in awe of the beauty of their day.

  7. Absolutely ravishing! Love the location, beautiful couple, very nicely captured by Lilia, great post!

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